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Anime California announces Kira Buckland and Cherami Leigh Kuehn

[21 Nov 2013 | by | ]

Orange County, CA – November 21, 2013 – The hottest anime convention to crash-land in the Los Angeles area, Anime California, announced today that Kira Buckland and Cherami Leigh will be attending the 2014 convention. Anime California will be held from August 22-24, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. Over 4,000 anime fans are expected to converge on the

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Blizzcon happening this weekend

[5 Nov 2013 | by | ]

IRVINE, Calif.—November 5, 2013—BlizzCon® 2013, Blizzard Entertainment’s two-day gaming festival, makes a long-awaited return on Friday, November 8, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. The sold-out show celebrates all things geek, featuring sneak peeks at what’s going on behind the scenes at Blizzard Entertainment. This year’s BlizzCon includes discussion panels with Blizzard developers; community cosplayers; and Duncan Jones, director of

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Anime Midwest adds two guests.

[30 Oct 2013 | by | ]
Laura Post VA

Rosemont, Illinois – October 30, 2014 – Anime Midwest 2014 is excited to announce that voice actors Laura Post and Michelle Ann Dunphy will be attending the fourth annual Chicago anime convention. Anime Midwest will be held July 4-6, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare and Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Over 8,000 cosplayers and anime fans are expected

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Virtual Idol Hatsune Miku returns to perform at Pacific Media Expo 2013

[23 Oct 2013 | by | ]
Miku Hatsune Vocaloid

LOS ANGELES, CA — Pacific Media Expo will be holding an unofficial concert featuring the virtual divas Hatsune Miku, Gumi, and Yuzuki Yukari. Brought by Sythesized Reality Productions, the Hatsune Miku concert will be free for all badge holders but since concert space is limited, attendees are urged to purchase their PMX2013 badges soon. The concert will be from 4:30pm

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Richard Epcar to attend Otakon Vegas

[11 Oct 2013 | by | ]

Las Vegas, NV (October 11, 2013) – Otakon Vegas welcomes one of the hardest working actor/directors in show business, having voiced over 300 characters in Games, Animation and Anime. He is best known as the voice of Batou in Ghost in the Shell, The Joker in several Batman games including Injustice: Gods Among Us and Ansem in Kingdom Hearts. Starting

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Anime California announces Hyatt Regency Orange County as host location

[9 Oct 2013 | by | ]
AC Logo

Orange County, CA – October 6th 2013 – Anime California, an exciting new anime convention, has announced they will be hosting their 2014 convention at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Orange County, on August 22 – 24, 2014. “The Hyatt Regency Orange County was our first choice, and we are very happy to be able to host Anime California at such

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Anime Midwest adds Frenchy and the Punk, and Chris Patton

[27 Sep 2013 | by | ]

Minneapolis, MN – September 27, 2013 – Anime Midwest in Chicago is excited to announce two more guests will be joining them in 2014: steampunk musicians Frenchy and the Punk and voice actor Chris Patton. Frenchy at the Punk will be part of Anime Midwest’s epic concert series headlined by Steam Powered Giraffe. Convention attendees can see both FnP and

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Carrie Fischer Guest at Star Wars Celebration Europe

[6 May 2013 | by | Comments Off]
Carrie Fischer as Princess Leia

Carrie Fischer, better known as the bad ass Princess Leia to Star Wars fans, will be a Guest at the 2013 Star Wars Celebration Europe this July. Fischer was only 19 when she played Princess Leia Organa, setting the gold standard for strong princesses with attitude. She is scheduled for greeting fans, signing autographs, and will appear on stage for

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Katie Cook and Andy Price Guests at Bronycon 2013

[29 Apr 2013 | by | Comments Off]
Katie Cook and Andy Price

Heads up My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fans! Bronycon 2013, among it’s other stupendous guests, will have Katie Cook and Andy Price; the creative team behind the MLP comic book’s first four issue story arc. Katie Cook wrote the script for issues 1-4 of the My Little Pony comic, which picks up after the events of the season 2

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C2E2 Goes Mobile!

[23 Apr 2013 | by | Comments Off]
C2E2 Mobile app logo

This weekend, April 26-28, is the 2013 Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo. The convention, known more commonly as C2E2, is Chicago’s big pop culture event of the year. There are a bunch of Guests and exciting events scheduled. And you’ve got one day until ticket prices go up. With fan conventions this big, it can be hard to keep track

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Boston Comic Con Canceled Due to City Wide Lock Down

[19 Apr 2013 | by | Comments Off]
Boston Comic Con 2013 T-shirt

An update to current events. At 10:00am Eastern Standard Time, Boston Comic Con announced that their event this weekend is canceled. The city is on total lock down, no one in or out, while authorities search Boston for their suspects for Monday’s bombing of the Boston Marathon. Here’s the statement posted by the convention: Due to the unfortunate events that

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Boston Comic Con Still On For This Weekend [updated April 19]

[16 Apr 2013 | by | Comments Off]
Boston Comic Con 2013 T-shirt

Update: at 10:am EST Boston Comic Con canceled their event. Boston is on lock down while police hunt for the suspects. Boston Comic Con is postponed until further notice. Hello all. The Boston Comic Con will still be happening this weekend, despite the bombing earlier this week of the Boston Marathon. If that seems callous to you please remember that

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Voting Live for 2013 Stumptown Comics Art Awards

[15 Apr 2013 | by | Comments Off]
Screen Shot Stumptown Comics Fest Voting Page

Just checked my FaceBook and found a post from Cullen Bun (Sixth Gun, The Damned, etc.) reminding us all that Stumptown Comics Fest has opened voting for their 2013 Comic Arts Awards Stumptown is a creator-centered comic convention in Portland, Oregon. The convention puts the focus on the people working in their own worlds, as opposed to back issue dealers

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Shore Leave to Hold First Rock-Scissors-Paper-Lizard-Spock Tourny

[25 Apr 2012 | by | Comments Off]

In recognition of a great advance in geek culture, Shore Leave 2012 is having the first ever International Rock-Scissors-Paper-Lizard-Spock Tournament.

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Press Release: Meta Con Announces Power Rangers Stars Jason Faunt and Jessica Rey

[24 Apr 2012 | by | Comments Off]
metacon 12 guests

MetaCon 2012, the newest and hottest comic, sci-fi, and anime con to come to Minneapolis is excited to announce stars of Power Rangers: Time Force and Power Rangers: Wild Force will be appearing at the event.

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Jedi Fighting Class Returns to CombatCon

[10 Apr 2012 | by | Comments Off]
Star Wars Lady Sith Wielding a Lightsaber

CombatCon’s exclusive class in Jedi lightsaber technique and movie moves returns for 2012.

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BlizzCon 2012 Cancelled

[28 Mar 2012 | by | Comments Off]
Lindsay as a Blood Elf at BlizzCon 2008

This news is a couple months old, but it’s new news to me so I figured I’d share. In one of the most off-hand ways imaginable BlizzCon has announced the canceling of BlizzCon 2012.

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Comic-Con Second Chance Badge Resale

[26 Mar 2012 | by | Comments Off]
San Diego Comic Con International

Looks like there were snafus with the online badge sales for SDCC again. Shocked, aren’t you. The upshot is that they’ll be having one more membership sales event this March.

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Comic-Con Badge Sales to Open Soon

[22 Feb 2012 | by | Comments Off]
San Diego Comic Con International

WHEN will those emails announcing that 2012 badge sales are open go out to all of us eager SDCC fans with our Member IDs? The latest announcement says “Soon”.

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Tour the TARDIS Set at Official Doctor Who Convention

[7 Feb 2012 | by | Comments Off]
TARDIS Interior set for Doctor Who's 11th Doctor

BBC Wales will be running very limited FREE tours of the 11th Doctor’s TARDIS set for attendees of the BBC’s first official Doctor Who convention, which will be held March of 2012.

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Cherie Priest & Gail Carriger Guests at World Steam Expo 2012

[25 Jan 2012 | by | Comments Off]
Gail Carriger and Cheri Priest

World Steam Expo has scheduled some big names in steampunk fiction for their Guest list, including Gail Carriger and Cheri Priest.

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SDCC Souvenir Book Submissions Now Being Accepted

[24 Jan 2012 | by | Comments Off]
2011 SDCC Souviner Book Cover

Comic-Con has put out an open call for submissions of artwork and articles for the fancy 2012 Souvenir Book. Remember when that puppy was a freebie?

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WonderCon 2012 Requires Membership ID

[23 Jan 2012 | by | Comments Off]

3 out of 1 math incompetents agree, online advance registration is cheaper than buying a WonderCon badge at the show. Catch is, though, that you need a Membership ID in order to do that.

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Dragon*Con Partners With Delta to Offer Fans Discounted Flights

[20 Jan 2012 | by | One Comment]
Dragon Con

Dragon*Con has announced a partnership with Delta Airlines, which translates to a discount to fans traveling to the show via plane.

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CombatCon 2012 Early Registration Open

[19 Jan 2012 | by | Comments Off]
CombatCon 2011 Collage

CombatCon, the most kick ass hybrid convention out there (literally), has opened registration for their 2012 event. With a nice discount on ticket price for folk who register by end of January.

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Comic-Con 2012 Member ID Reg Now Open

[11 Jan 2012 | by | Comments Off]
San Diego Comic Con International

SDCC has opened up Member ID registration. This is not a badge sale event, but you need an ID in order to be able to register and EVERYONE needs one.

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SDCC Co-Founder Gone to Big Con in the Sky

[9 Jan 2012 | by | Comments Off]

In case some of you haven’t heard, last Wednesday (January 4, 2012), SDCC co-founder Richard Alf went to his sweet reward.

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Pre-Registration Open for 2012 World Steam Expo

[30 Nov 2011 | by | Comments Off]
Steampunk Banner 3

The 2012 World Steam Expo is scheduled for May 25-28 and pre-registration is now open with a limited time discounted price for 4-day passes.

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Press Release: Anime-zing! announces Cristina Vee and Trevor Mueller

[30 Nov 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Anime-zing! 2012 is excited to announce that Cristina Vee and Trevor Mueller will be attending the 2012 Anime-zing! anime convention in Davenport, Iowa.

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CombatCon Needs You to Make Their 2012 Event a Reality

[29 Nov 2011 | by | Comments Off]

CombatCon was new for 2011, mixing steampunk programming with horror, fantasy, and science fiction events and connecting them all with the western martial arts. They’re using a new online fundraising tool to call on convention fans to help them meet the basic costs so they can hold a second event in 2012.

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Official Doctor Who Con in 2012

[21 Nov 2011 | by | Comments Off]
matt smith

Last week, BBC Worldwide announced that it would host the first official Doctor Who convention in 2012. Many Who cons have been staged before in countries around the world, but this marks the first time the BBC has been involved in such an event.

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Vulcan Events Makes Name Change Amid Controversy

[14 Nov 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Vulcan Events, a convention production company new in 2010, has announced a change of name following fan confusion and complaints of infringement.

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Press Release: New for Star Wars Celebration VI – The “As You Wish” Charity Project

[14 Nov 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Star Wars Celebration has announced a new moded helmet charity auction for their 2012 event. Fan costuming groups, with pro support, will present helments to artists and studios to be re-imagined.

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Comic-Con Makes Announcement Re 2012 Registration

[31 Oct 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Comic-Con has released a statement about their plans for ticket sales for SDCC 2012. And, as expected, it’s not as elucidating as you’d like.

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Geek Media Expo Starts This Weekend

[18 Oct 2011 | by | Comments Off]

This is the third GMX event, and it promises to be the most exciting yet. There will be a huge variety of activities all weekend.

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Star Trek Convention Featuring Patrick Stewart

[5 Oct 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Patrick Stewart to headline guests of honor at Creation Entertainment’s Star Trek convention in Cherry Hill.

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Jay & Silent Bob Get Old Podcast Live at NYCC

[4 Oct 2011 | by | Comments Off]

New York Comic Con has announced that their 2011 show will feature a live podcast of Keven Smith and Jason Mewes’ Jay & Silent Bob Get Old show.

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Foo Fighters to Rock Out at BlizzCon 2011

[3 Oct 2011 | by | Comments Off]

The Foo Fighters will be headlining the closing concert at BlizzCon 2011.

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Sailor Moon’s Terri Hawkes to Make USA Debut at Florida Anime Experience 2012

[30 Sep 2011 | by | Comments Off]

The Convention Fans Blog staff just caught wind of an awesome announcement, fresh from a panel at Anime Weekend Atlanta (AWA). The folks behind the Florida Anime Experience 2012, Green Mustard Entertainment, have told the crowd that they will be bringing Terri Hawkes to their convention next year!

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InvaderCON II Tickets Selling Fast

[27 Sep 2011 | by | One Comment]

Tickets to the sequel of InvaderCON are selling quickly. The Advance Weekend Passes may sell out before the new year starts.

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Adam Baldwin Media Guest at Detroit FanFare

[20 Sep 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Adam Baldwin, known to fans as Jayne on Firefly, is a Media Guest for the 2011 Detroit FanFare.

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Long Beach Horror & Comic Con Extends Masquerade Deadline

[2 Sep 2011 | by | Comments Off]

The Long Beach Comic Con has extended the deadline for Masquerade Ball submissions. For 2011 the event will have a horror theme due to the con taking place just before Halloween.

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New York Comic Con Extends Masquerade Deadline Due to Hurricane Irene

[2 Sep 2011 | by | Comments Off]

New York Comic Con has extended the submission deadline for Masquerade entries for their 2011 event due to that little hurricane matter you may have heard about.

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Press Release: Geoff Johns and Jim Lee to be Guest of Honor at New York Comic Con

[31 Aug 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, the creative Team for DC’s relaunched Justice League will appear at panels and DC booth at New York Comic Con come October.

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InvaderCON II Announced

[30 Aug 2011 | by | 4 Comments]

Green Mustard Entertainment has announced that they will have another InvaderCON in 2010. And hold on your tacos, because you won’t believe their guest list so far.

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Gallifrey One Announces Open Call for Panel Ideas

[25 Aug 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Gallifrey One, the annual Doctor Who convention for North America, has announced an open call for ideas for their 2012 event.

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BlizzCon 2011 Virtual Ticket On Sale

[19 Aug 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Couldn’t get a ticket to this year’s BlizzCon in Anehiem? Me either. But we’re not totally out of luck. Each year Blizzard sells Virtual Tickets to their fan event.

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Felicia Day’s Fall 2011 Convention Appearances

[18 Aug 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Felicia Day has announced her scheduled appearances for this Fall.

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Leonard Nimoy Cancels Dragon*Con Appearance

[17 Aug 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Leonard Nimoy has had to cancel his appearance at the 2011 Dragon*Con.

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NYAF to Premiere Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below

[10 Aug 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Japanese animator and director Makoto Shinkai will participate in this October’s New York Anime Festival.

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True Blood Creator Charline Harris Guest at Dragon*Con 2011

[4 Aug 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Author and creator of the Sookie Stackhouse series Charline Harris will be a Guest at Dragon*Con 2011.

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Press Release: Otakon Digs Deep for Japan Relief

[3 Aug 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Otakon held a fundraiser for Japan Relief at their 2011 event and raised over $65,00 for four different charities to aid post-earthquake restoration.

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Press Release: Otakon 2011 With Over 31000 Attendees

[2 Aug 2011 | by | Comments Off]

For the 18th year, Otakon’s attendance grew, this year reaching a new milestone.

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New York Comic Con VIP Packages Almost Sold Out

[29 Jul 2011 | by | Comments Off]

NYCC offers VIP ticket packages filled with perks and goodies. The Special Access Package is sold out, but there are still some limited VIP tixs available in the Anime Access and Ultimate Access packages.

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APE Announces First Round of Guests for 2011

[28 Jul 2011 | by | Comments Off]

The Alternative Press Expo (APE) has announced their first round of Special Guests for their 2011 convention this coming October. Looks exciting already.

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Dragon*Con Releases 2011 Progress Report

[27 Jul 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Dragon*Con has released their Progress Report convention book for the 2011 event.

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Nimoy Retires From Conventions, October Marks His Final Appearence

[25 Jul 2011 | by | One Comment]

After pleasing fans for years Leonard Nimoy is finally retiring from the fan convention circuit. Two upcoming Official Star Trek Convention events will mark his last scheduled celebrity convention appearances.

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SDCC 2011 Wrap Up

[25 Jul 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Here’s a quickie summation of the news from Comic-Con. We’ll have proper reports and photos for you as soon as get some sleep.

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SDCC Fans Turned Away From Fashion Valley Transit Parking

[22 Jul 2011 | by | Comments Off]

If you were trying to take the trolley to Comic-Con from the Fashion Valley Mall’s transit center this morning you got a rude surprise; chained off parking and security.

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Animinicon SoHo Announces Guests, Screenings, Dealers and More.

[22 Jul 2011 | by | One Comment]

2011 is the second year of Animinicon SoHo, an anime convention that debuted last year. The event will be held August 12-14 in New York (the state AND the city) at the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art.

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Steampunk at SDCC 2011

[20 Jul 2011 | by | Comments Off]

his week is the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con. As, uh, you may have noticed. Among the comic books and other pop culture fare is a thread of steampunkery woven by various local groups. Here’s a quick look at the various steampunk events, panels, artists, signings, etc. available to the intrepid congoer for 2011.

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SDCC’s Onsite Pre-Registration Policy for 2012

[19 Jul 2011 | by | One Comment]

San Diego Comic Con released their ticket policy for purchasing 2012 tickets onsite at this year’s event, and it is a bit complicated to say the least. Some of the rules make sense, while others, well, you be the judge.

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Press Release: Peter S. Beagle to return to Otakon 2011

[18 Jul 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Last Unicorn author Peter S. Beagle returns to Otakon as a Guest at their 2011 event.

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Comic-Con Exclusives 2011, Round Three

[15 Jul 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Here’s round three of our list of 2011 San Diego Comic-Con exclusives, this one featuring many indie and small press treats among the exclusive goodies.

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Press Release: Locke & Key Extravaganza at San Diego Comic Con 2011

[13 Jul 2011 | by | Comments Off]

IDW has big plans for promoting it’s Locke & Key comic at SDCC 2011; screening, signings, panels, keys, tattoos, exclusives and more!

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Cullen Bunn to Offer Advance Copies of Latest Novel as Comic-Con Exclusive

[13 Jul 2011 | by | Comments Off]

The 6th Gun‘s creator, Cullen Bunn, has announced advanced promo copies of his latest prose novel as an exclusive this SDCC 2011.

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Press Release: Kylee to perform at Otakon 2011

[12 Jul 2011 | by | Comments Off]

new generation Pop Icon Kylee will perform at Otakon 2011.

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Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos to World Premier at Otakon 2011

[11 Jul 2011 | by | 2 Comments]

Otakon 2011 will be hosting the world premier of the subtitled version of the anime movie Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos. The direct of the film is Otakon’s Guest of Honor.

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Comic-Con ’11 Exhibitors & Schedules Up

[8 Jul 2011 | by | Comments Off]

As the countdown to Comic-Con 2011 ticks down SDCC is releasing more details. Like some of the days’ schedules and exhibitor information. Time to get planning convention fans!

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Press Release: Great Allentown Comic Con Returns July 16 With Sold Out Dealers Room

[7 Jul 2011 | by | Comments Off]

The Great Allentown Comic Con (Lehigh Valley’s Largest Pop Culture Convention) announced today that it had sold out a packed 10,000 sq ft dealer and artist showroom in advance of its upcoming July 16th show.

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SDCC Site Launches “Countdown to Comic-Con 2011″ Page

[5 Jul 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Today SDCC released a new “Countdown to Comic-Con 2011″ feature on their site. Every other site on the internet has Comic Con coverage pages, so I guess it’s only fair that the event sort of has one of its own.

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2012 Marks Last Official Xena Convention

[5 Jul 2011 | by | 2 Comments]
Creation Entertainment Xena Convention

January 2012 will be Xena Convention: The Final Journey, and will be the last time this fan event will open its doors.

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Warner Bros. Announces Comic-Con 2011 Schedule

[5 Jul 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Warner Brothers has announced their plans for SDCC 2011, from a massive booth to sneak peaks at new pilots. Plus the return of certain Comic-Con fan favorites.

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Comic-Con Exclusives 2011, Round Two

[4 Jul 2011 | by | Comments Off]

With the 2011 SDCC next month, companies are beginning to announce the exclusives. Some are ones you may be expecting, others may come as a surprise. In Round One, we gave the skinny on three companies’ Comic Con exclusives; Hallmark, Action Figure Xpress, and NCSoft’s City of Heroes. Here’s round two, with even more exclusive goodies soon to be yours at ComicCon.

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Press Release: Warner Bros. To Throw “Key Party” at Comic-Con 2011

[1 Jul 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Warner Bros. is once again distributing exclusive key cards to area hotels featuring five different collectible, limited-edition designs to celebrate Comic-Con.

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Comic-Con 2011 Tix Totally Sold Out Now

[30 Jun 2011 | by | Comments Off]

About 5:30pm PST San Diego Comic-Con announced that the last group of tickets to their 2011 event, the Hotel/Badge Packages, had sold out. That’s all, folks. San Diego Comic Con 2011 is now absolutely, totally, 100% guaranteed sold out

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Comic-Con Resale Badges Sold Out, Some Remain in Special Hotel Package

[30 Jun 2011 | by | One Comment]

About 12 minutes ago (make that around 11:54-ish Pacific Standard Time) San Diego Comic Con announced on Twitter that all badges have been sold, though some remain in their special hotel package deal offer.

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Comic-Con Single Day Resales Selling NOW

[30 Jun 2011 | by | One Comment]

Single Day Badges for ComicCon 2011 are RIGHT NOW up for resale. I’m #6720 in line.

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Sogen Con Looking for a Kickstart

[30 Jun 2011 | by | One Comment]

SogenCon has been a small anime convention in South Dakota for several years. The con averages around 600 or so people a year. It is run by Otaku Incorporated, a non-profit group. They are having a Kickstarter fundraiser to help cover their costs for this year. They are looking for $15,000 in donations. If they do not receive this amount the con will most likely not happen this year.

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Tribal Gathering on Facebook

[29 Jun 2011 | by | 2 Comments]

June 25-26 was a special online Facebook gathering for fans of the New Zealand TV show The Tribe.

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Comic-Con 4-Day Badge/Hotel Ticket Packages NOW Available

[28 Jun 2011 | by | 3 Comments]

SDCC has JUST opened sale on a special limited time 4-day badge + hotel room package deal.

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Comic-Con Badge Resale on Single Day Tickets Opening Soon

[28 Jun 2011 | by | 3 Comments]
SDCC Badge Resales Soon Button

ComicCon will soon be re-selling the Single Day tickets returned by attendees who couldn’t make it the 2011 comic convention after all.

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Tolkien Moot Finalizes 2011 Date & Location

[23 Jun 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Tolkien Moot, formerly MerpCon, has firmed on their 2011 dates and location; the event will now be in July instead of June.

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SDCC and Studios – Is the Love Affair Over?

[21 Jun 2011 | by | Comments Off]

The buzz is that the major movie studios are looking to avoid Comic Con 2011 in San Diego this year. Film such as Sucker Punch, Tron and Scott Pilgrim were heavily advertised at SDCC last year…who could forget the 30 story Scott Pilgrim banner that took the whole side of the Hilton on the Bay Front? It was impressive at the time, but it did not translate at the box office.

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Exclusive C3 Patch Benefits Autism Research

[20 Jun 2011 | by | Comments Off]

For their 2011 event, CherryCaptialCon is selling an exclusive Star Wars themed patch to benefit the Autism Research Network.

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So You Got a Ticket to San Diego Comic Con

[16 Jun 2011 | by | Comments Off]

If you were born with a higher midi-chlorian count than others and were able to sense the madness that would be Comic Con ticket sales 2011, you bought your tickets way early during Comic Con 2010. In fact, so many purchased their tickets in advance that all 4-Day passes with Preview night were sold out before the convention concluded its run on Sunday evening.

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Comic-Con Ticket Scam Claims Permission to Change Badge Names

[10 Jun 2011 | by | 2 Comments]

The latest ComicCon ticket scam, announced about noon today on the SDCC Facebook page, are frauds claiming to have permission from ComicCon to change names on badges.

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Dragon*Con Adopts Barcode For 2011 Registration

[6 Jun 2011 | by | One Comment]

Dragon*Con, one of the biggest fan conventions of the geek calendar year, has adopted the use of barcodes for their 2011 registration process.

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BlizzCon 2011 Tickets on Sale May 25, Second Batch

[23 May 2011 | by | Comments Off]

For their 2011 convention BlizzCon is selling tickets in two batches. The second and last ticket sale event will be this Wednesday, May 25 at 7:00 PM (Pacific Time).

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Jedi Lightsaber Fighting Class at CombatCon 2011

[18 May 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Learn Jedi lightsaber dueling from Star Wars fight director Nick Gillard at CombatCon 2011 in Las Vegas.

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Online Registration for Gaslight Gathering Closes Saturday

[29 Apr 2011 | by | Comments Off]

I’ve just been notified that pre-registration for Gaslight Gathering, California’s newest steampunk convention, will close at 11:59 Saturday evening, April 30 (that’s tomorrow night). There are events that you must buy tickets for ahead of time.

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Steampunk Convention Debuts in Oklahoma City: A Report from the Oklahoma Steampunk Exposition

[20 Apr 2011 | by | 7 Comments]
OK Steampunk Expo 047

How does one describe the Oklahoma Steampunk Exposition? It was fast paced, confused, hectic, but a whole lot of fun!

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Cast Announced for Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog LIVE!

[19 Apr 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Live stage version of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog announces cast and crew for July performance in San Diego.

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Rob Granito Doing a One-Man Show at New York Comic Con?

[8 Apr 2011 | by | 30 Comments]

Apparently it’s “illegal” to ban Rob Granito as a vendor at all conventions. Also, he is planning a one-man show for New York Comic Con. All the crazy you’ve come to expect from Granito and more!

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Update to the Rob Granito Story: Granito Sends Out Press Release and His Interview Fees

[6 Apr 2011 | by | 34 Comments]

We got an offer from Rob Granito to interview him. You’ll never guess how much he’s charging for it. Click here for an update on the ever developing Rob Granito story.

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Pilot Mechs at CyPhaCon 2011

[4 Apr 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Always wanted to know what it would be like to pilot a mighty mecha? You can get a little taste at CyPhaCon this April thanks to MechCorps.

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Mercedes Lackey is Guest of Honour for Ad Astra

[31 Mar 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Mercedes Lackey, renowned science fiction and fantasy author, will be appearing next month at Canadian SFF convention Ad Astra as a Guest of Honour.

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Frank Quitely to Make Rare US Appearance at Boston Comic Con

[30 Mar 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Scottish comic book artist Frank Quitely will be making a rare US appearance at the Boston Comic Con (BCC) in April of 2011.

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Rob Granito Called a Fraud, Banned From Conventions

[29 Mar 2011 | by | 97 Comments]
Side By Side Comparison of Art by Ty Templeton and "art" by Rob Granito

There’s been a storm of rage gusting through fandom recently, all directed at one Rob Granito. It began last week with a Bleeding Cool article and culminated in a verbal smackdown delivered at MegaCon by the irate Mark Waid and Ethan Van Sciver. Now several conventions, including Wizard World, have dropped Mr. Granito.

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Gaslight Gathering Annouces Time Traveler’s Masked Ball

[25 Mar 2011 | by | Comments Off]

San Diego’s very own steampunk convention has announced a special Time Traveler’s Masked Ball for their 2011 event.

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Win a Trip to Japan at Colossalcon 2011

[24 Mar 2011 | by | One Comment]

Colossalcon, a major Ohio anime and culture convention, is once again awarding one lucky cosplayer with a weeklong trip to Tokyo, Japan! (Admittedly, as current affairs stand that prize is more daunting than a delight – fingers crossed)

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Jim Butcher is Special Guest for Norwescon 34

[23 Mar 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Jim Butcher, author and creator of the popular Harry Dresden series, will be appearing next month at Norwescon as their Special Guest. Which is a notch up from the distinguished Guest of Honor slot.

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IQA to Host Quidditch Activities at Aeternitas 2011

[18 Mar 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Harry Potter convention Aeternitas, has turned to Quidditch World Cup organizers IQA to provide programming on this magical sport for their 2011 event this April. That means you’ll totally be able to play.

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Loscon Has Genuine Astronaut as Guest of Honor!

[16 Mar 2011 | by | Comments Off]

You can imagine my excitement and delight when I found out that Loscon will feature actual astronaut Colonel Rick Searfoss, USAF Retired as their Science Guest of Honor for the 2011 event.

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Green Lantern Comes to WonderCon!

[14 Mar 2011 | by | Comments Off]

WonderCon 2011 is going to be a Green Lantern fest, no foolin’. The first day of the con, April 1st, will treat fans to a bunch of special Green Lantern exclusive events.

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Farpoint 2011 Convention Report – You Should Have Been There

[28 Feb 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Farpoint is a fantastic convention, with everything you want in a weekend trip to Baltimore. I’ll definitely be attending every February, and I hope to see you there next year too. You won’t be sorry.

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CondorCon Holds Blood Drive With the Mandolorian Mercs

[21 Feb 2011 | by | Comments Off]

CondorCon 18 will be holding a blood drive in partnership with the Mandalorain Mercs, a Star Wars costume club.

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Wil Wheaton is Media Guest for Emerald City Comicon 2011

[16 Feb 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Fan Favorite and ECCC staple Wil Wheaton returns for the 2011 event.

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Emerald City Comicon Now 3 Days Long!

[14 Feb 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Over 8 years Emerald City has grown and grown, to the point that the convention has now expanded to cover three whole days.

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“Around Kawaii Kon in Three Days” Contest Announced

[11 Feb 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Kawaii Kon announces a passport stamp contest to reward Extreme Kon-goers. Showing that there are always creative ways to encourage multi-day registration.

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Studio Foglio at Gaslight Gathering!

[10 Feb 2011 | by | Comments Off]

The creators of the popular Girl Genius webcomic will be appearing at Gaslight Gathering in San Diego.

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$25,000 in Cosplay Contest Prizes to be Awarded at Anime Expo 2011

[9 Feb 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Who said you can’t make money in fandom? Clearly whoever said such tings has’t heard about the amazing prizes being offered up at Anime Expo 2011. Anime Expo, the largest anime and manga convention in North America, attracts tens of thousands of costumed fans each year. And for 2011, there will be $25,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, to celebrate the convention’s 20th anniversary.

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Comic-Con Registration Succesful at Last

[5 Feb 2011 | by | Comments Off]

So, the San Diego Comic-Con has finally managed to successfully sell tickets. Though, it was a bit of an uphill struggle to get into the system Saturday.

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Firefly’s Adam Baldwin to Attend Wizard World Philly … maybe

[4 Feb 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Every time I see Adam Baldwin announced as a guest for a convention, I get all excited, and then remember that I shouldn’t. I am chronically disappointed. Why? Because Baldwin, known to the fandom community as Firefly’s Jayne, is also known for cancelling appearances.

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Naka-Kon 2011 Announces Final Guests

[2 Feb 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Naka-Kon, a Kansas City anime convention, has just announced the last group of guests for their 2011 convention. Naka-Kon 2011 will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City on February 18th to 20th.

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SDCC Registration Opens Saturday

[1 Feb 2011 | by | Comments Off]

The San Diego Comic-Con has had several online registration hiccups, but they’ve finally worked them out and attendee registration for the 2011 SDCC will open next week.

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Japanese Rock Band RAMPANT Making Their US Debut at Tekkoshocon 2011

[31 Jan 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Female-fronted Japanese hard-rock band RAMPANT will be performing at Tekkoshocon IX, an upcoming Pennsylvania anime convention. This will be the band’s first United States performance. The band will also be participating in a Q&A and autograph session.

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The Florida Anime Experience, a New Florida Anime Convention, Announced for May 2011

[26 Jan 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Florida anime fans have a new reason to celebrate! The Florida Anime Experience, a new anime convention to be run by by team members from Florida Supercon, JACON and Wasabi Anime, will take place May 27-29, 2011 at the Ramada Orlando Celebration Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida.

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ALSDEAD to Perform at Naka-Kon 2011

[19 Jan 2011 | by | Comments Off]

ALSDEAD, known as a “Visual Kei” metal band, will be performing at Naka-Kon 2011 as the musical guest of honor. Naka-Kon is an anime convention is organized and operated by approximately 100 volunteer staff members, many of whom are students and most of whom live in the greater Kansas City area.

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SDCC Call for Nominations: 2011 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award

[6 Jan 2011 | by | Comments Off]

Each year the San Diego Comic Con holds the prestigious Eisner Awards. Alongside this they also give an everyone-chosen Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. ANYONE can place a name for nomination be they fan, pro, or retailer.

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New Vampire Diaries Convention Announced for March 2011

[29 Dec 2010 | by | Comments Off]

All things vampire continue to be extremely popular in the fandom convention market. EyeCon, the convention company that has had TrueBlood and Twilight conventions thus far, has just announced a Vampire Diaries convention to debut in March 2011. EyeCon The Vampire Diaries will be held March 25 – 27, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Westin Atlanta Airport hotel. The

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Boondock Saints’ Sean Patrick Flanery to Attend Wizard World Philly 2011

[22 Dec 2010 | by | Comments Off]

Wizard Entertainment has announced that actor Sean Patrick Flanery, most well known for his appearance in Boondock Saints, will be a guest at Wizard World Philly in 2011. Wizard World Philly 2011 is being held June 17 – 19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia.

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Boston Comic Con Moves to New Location for 2011

[21 Dec 2010 | by | Comments Off]

Boston Comic Con is moving! They’ll be bigger than ever for their 2011 event (April 30 to May 1), which will now be held at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center.

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SDCC Independent Film Festival Call for Entries

[20 Dec 2010 | by | Comments Off]

Each year the SDCC holds an independent movie fest; the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival (CCI-IFF). The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2011.

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William Shatner and Stan Lee Attending MegaCon 2011

[16 Dec 2010 | by | Comments Off]

MegaCon 2011 is in Orlando, Florida on March 25th – 27th, 2010. Shatner & Lee join the impressive list of Guests.

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Lebowski Fest Heads to Tampa, Florida for 2011!

[13 Dec 2010 | by | Comments Off]

For 2011, the Fest will be heading to Tampa, Florida, for the first time ever.

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Anime Detour Announces Guests For 2011

[18 Nov 2010 | by | Comments Off]

Anime Detour is a fan run convention dedicated to Japanese animation, manga, video games and culture. The convention’s organizers work hard to bring in people from all over the Anime universe as well as local talent from Minnesota; artists, writers, fan guests, voice actors, producers, directors, and such.

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Gallifrey One Announces Guests For 2011

[17 Nov 2010 | by | Comments Off]

Doctor Who convention Gallifrey One has announced the Guests for their 2011 event.

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Design Team Picked For Expansion of San Diego Convention Center

[12 Nov 2010 | by | Comments Off]

The executive board of the San Diego Convention Center Corp. announced that it had chosen a design team for the proposed $700 million expansion of the downtown facility, where Comic-Con is held each year.

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ConDor Changes Venues, Returns to Town and Country

[5 Nov 2010 | by | Comments Off]

San Diego’s longest running science fiction and fantasy convention, has changed venues.

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San Diego Comic-Con Announces First Wave of Special Guests for 2011

[5 Nov 2010 | by | Comments Off]

Planning for the 42nd annual San Diego Comic-Con International is under way and already a number of special guests have signed on for the 2011 event, to be held July 21-24 at the San Diego Convention Center.

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New Steampunk Conventions For 2011

[3 Nov 2010 | by | 2 Comments]
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With its increasing popularity, steampunk has gained stronger footholds in the mainstreams of fandom around the world, allowing for more and more conventions dedicated entirely to this speculative fiction genreand subculture. The year 2010 saw at least two new steampunk conventions opening their doors: SteamWrights in Bremerton, Washington, and Convencion Steampunk BCN in Barcelona, Spain.

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Lawyers for Anime Expo Sending Out Cease and Desist Letters to Other Anime Cons

[28 Oct 2010 | by | Comments Off]

Not a week goes by where we don’t get reports of convention drama. Most of the time I really prefer to keep The Convention Fans Blog out of it. After all, we’re a blog for fans of conventions, not a blog for con organizers specifically. However, now and then the drama erupts into full blown news, news that I think will be of interest to even the more casual convention goers.

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Hollywood Xpo to Host Heroes Reunion

[12 Oct 2010 | by | Comments Off]

Hollywood Xpo, a brand new pop culture convention based in California, is getting a lot of attention these days, especially for its ever growing guest list. Thus far it includes over 100 stars, including the iconic comics creator Stan Lee and legendary science fiction and fantasy author Ray Bradbury.

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Steampunk World’s Fair to Host “Frozen in Time: A Steampunk Celebration”

[11 Oct 2010 | by | Comments Off]

One of our favorite conventions in 2010 was The Steampunk World’s Fair, and we can’t wait to go again.

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Bruce Campbell and 25 Other Guests to Attend Weekend of Horrors II

[30 Sep 2010 | by | Comments Off]

One of the most notable celebs on the guest list is none other than “the man” Bruce Campbell. He’s known for his role as Ash in the Evil Dead and Army of Darkness movies (although we’re big fans of his show Burn Notice as well). Joining him are 25 other celebs, including Clive Barker, Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery (known for The Boondock Saints), Sid Haig, Jeffrey Combs (also of Star Trek fame, but known for Re-Animator), and several others.

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PAX East 2011 Registration Now Open

[28 Sep 2010 | by | Comments Off]

Big news yesterday for my fellow Penny Arcade fans. PAX East (a.k.a. Penny Arcade Expo East) 2011 registration is now open! The convention has moved to the much larger BCEC in Boston, which is an improvement over last year’s cramped Hynes Convention Center. PAX East 2011 will be held March 11 – 13.

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Star Trek Online Players Offered 2-for-1 Ticket Discount to Hollywood Xpo Convention

[24 Sep 2010 | by | Comments Off]

If you are one of the few still playing Star Trek Online (STO), then you should have received a special offer e-mail today from Cryptic Studios. Players of the game are being given the opportunity to take advantage of a special discount on tickets to the Hollywood Xpo convention. STO players can buy one ticket to Hollywood Xpo, and get a second ticket for free.

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Creation to Hold Official Star Trek Convention in Arizona

[24 Sep 2010 | by | Comments Off]

Yesterday Creation Entertainment, the only company authorized to hold official Star Trek conventions, announced that they would be returning to Phoenix, Arizona in 2011. For those who may not know, the year 2011 marks the 45th anniversary of Star Trek. Creation is celebrating that milestone with additional cities added to their official Star Trek convention tour.

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Florida Convention FX International Has Been Cancelled

[21 Sep 2010 | by | 3 Comments]

ep, it’s official. FX International, an Orlando convention that had Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy as a guest just last year, has been cancelled. FX International had previously announced that they were back on for October 16 – 17, 2010 at the Gaylord Palms back in April of this year. In fact, CreatureCon, another Florida convention, actually moved the dates for their event out of deference to FX.

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Anime Expo 2011 Offers Buy 1 Registration Get 1 Half Off Sale

[17 Sep 2010 | by | Comments Off]

We were tipped off to a great sale happening over at the website for Anime Expo 2011. Anime Expo is a giant anime convention held annually in Los Angeles. In 2011 it will be on July 1 – 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Steamcon II Convention to Celebrate “American Steampunk”

[16 Sep 2010 | by | One Comment]

When you think of steampunk, a lot of Victorian (i.e. British) imagery and influences probably come to mind. One steampunk convention, however, has decided that the theme for its 2010 convention should be the “Weird Weird West,” which they have also called “American steampunk.”

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Cast from the Horror Flick Human Centipede to Appear at Big Apple Comic Con

[14 Sep 2010 | by | Comments Off]

For those who were living under a rock when Human Centipede came out, it’s about a bunch of people who get sewn together butt to mouth. Wizard Entertainment, who runs Big Apple Comic Con, calls Human Centipede a “biological horror movie.” Nice euphemism, Wizard.

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Whedon Fest Cancelled Just Three Weeks Before Convention

[13 Sep 2010 | by | Comments Off]

Sorry Joss Whedon fans, Whedon Fest has been cancelled. It was originally scheduled to be held in Toronto, Canada, on October 1 – 3, 2010. At least attendees who paid are getting a refund, which is surprising. Many conventions that fold this close to the event aren’t as lucky (like in the JumpCon fiasco from a few years back).

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Ba-Con, An Ohio Convention Dedicated to Geeks and Bacon, to Happen July 2011

[13 Sep 2010 | by | 3 Comments]
Ba-con 2011 Logo

No, we’re not making this one up kids. It’s really a convention dedicated to geek culture and technology, and bacon. Yes, bacon as in the crispy delicious candy bar of meats. The kind Reddit.com loves so much. Mark your calendars bacon lovers.

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Eliza Dushku to Attend Creation’s Firefly, Buffy/Angel and Dollhouse Convention in Los Angeles

[10 Sep 2010 | by | Comments Off]

Well, well, well. Creation Entertainment has scored big for it’s monster Los Angeles salute to Firefly, Buffy/Angel and Dollhouse convention. The star of Dollhouse, Eliza Dushku, will be headlining the event. Joining her will be Nicholas Brendon (Xander from Buffy), Sean Maher (Simon from Firefly), and Morena Baccarin (Inara from Firefly).

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Construction at the Hyatt Causes Concern for Dragon*Con Attendees

[1 Sep 2010 | by | 2 Comments]

Over the past few days there has been a lot of talk about downtown Atlanta’s Hyatt. Attendees for Dragon*Con are already starting to check in at the hotel, one of four main host hotels for the Labor Day weekend convention. Those early arrivals have been posting photos and updates to Twitter and other social networks, all abuzz about the serious construction going on in the Hyatt’s lobby.

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The Latest Updates about Dragon*Con: Parties, Pre-Reg, Star Wars Track, and More

[26 Aug 2010 | by | Comments Off]

As Dragon*con quickly approaches, updates, news, and schedules are flying around the interwebs like crazy. I’ve decided to try and wrangle all the most recent news into one place. This update will cover the release of the Star Wars Track programming, an update list of parties, charity information, new pre-registration times and details, etc.

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Anime Convention Nan Desu Kan Announces Additional Guests

[25 Aug 2010 | by | 2 Comments]

Nan Desu Kan (also known as NDK) is the largest anime convention in the Rocky Mountain region. This year it is happening September 10 – 12 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, located at 4900 S. Syracuse, Denver, CO 80237. The convention has just announced that several well known voice actors will be making their first appearance at Nan Desu Kan 2010. Additionally, Steve Yun and Tommy Yune from The Robotech 25th Anniversary Convention Tour are now on the guest list as well.

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Chiller Theatre Expo Books Barbara Eden, Patricia Quinn, and More

[24 Aug 2010 | by | Comments Off]

When I posted the list of upcoming horror, zombie, and paranormal conventions just a week or so ago, Chiller Theatre Expo didn’t have a single guest listed. All that changed this week, however. Chiller Theatre Expo is a twice a year New Jersey convention that has since expanded beyond its original “horror convention” roots. It now frequently has stars of television and film from all manner of genres.

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CreatureCon Changes Dates in Deference to FX International

[23 Aug 2010 | by | Comments Off]

Apparently FX International really is going to happen this October, even though the site went without updates for nearly four months. As a result, CreatureCon, another central Florida convention, has made the decision out of “deference” to FX International to move their convention to January 22 – 23, 2011.

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Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to be at Chicago Comic Con

[20 Aug 2010 | by | One Comment]

Okay folks, this one falls squarely in the “WTF” department. Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is going to be appearing at Chicago Comic Con this Saturday. Blago’ will sign be there signing autographs, posing for pictures and meeting fans. His photo session will start at 10:30 a.m., with autographs to follow at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. I knew the folks at Wizard are sad about losing Patrick Stewart for the weekend, but … seriously? Blago?

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Limited Early Bird Dragon*con Autograph Tickets for Stan Lee Announced

[13 Aug 2010 | by | One Comment]

A few weeks ago we posted the big news that Stan Lee had been added to the guest list for Dragon*con 2010. One of the biggest questions circulating the various Dragon*con forums and sites is whether Stan Lee would be do any autographs. Well, we officially know now that the answer is “yes.” However, it seems that his signings will be handled a bit differently than most fans are used to.

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Star Wars Celebration V Author and Illustrator Signing Information

[10 Aug 2010 | by | 2 Comments]

Star Wars Celebration V, the official Star Wars convention scheduled for this weekend in Orlando, has a slew of Star Wars authors and some illustrators attending. A lot of the attention has been focused on the celebrities from the movies that will be attending. However, fans of the vast body of Star Wars literary work also have a lot to look forward to at Star Wars Celebration V.

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Scott Bakula and Brandon Routh Added to Dragon*con 2010 Guest List

[8 Aug 2010 | by | Comments Off]

Well Dragon*con, way to blow my socks off near the end of the guest announcements with this latest round of additions! Scott Bakula, who rarely ever does conventions, is coming to Dragon*con 2010! Perhaps this is the mystery person Trek Track director Garrett Wang has been referring to (he mentioned to a fan that he had a guest who had never attended Dragon*con before possibly coming this year).

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Sir Patrick Stewart Cancels Appearance at Chicago Comic Con 2010

[5 Aug 2010 | by | Comments Off]

For weeks now, Wizard Entertainment has been promoting the heck out of their Chicago Comic Con (a.k.a. Wizard World Chicago) convention, and the fact that Star Trek’s William Shatner and Sir Patrick Stewart would be there. However, Wizard has just informed fans that Stewart has canceled his appearance at the convention. The reason was cited as “production scheduling conflicts.”

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Hurricane Who – Category 2 Convention Rescheduled for November 2011

[3 Aug 2010 | by | Comments Off]

Hurricane Who, a Florida Doctor Who convention originally scheduled for October 2010, has been rescheduled for November 2011. The convention has been plagued by guest cancellations (including Colin Baker), and financial problems. Organizers are hoping to hold a smaller event that weekend instead. More information will apparently be posted “in the coming weeks.”

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TrekTrax Atlanta Adds Tim Russ and Duras Sisters to Guest List

[2 Aug 2010 | by | Comments Off]

A few weeks ago The Convention Fans Blog interviewed Eric L. Watts, the founder of TrekTrax Atlanta. One of the things we discussed in detail was the convention’s emphasis on providing quality Klingon programming. In keeping with that emphasis, Barbara March (Lursa) and Gwynyth Walsh (B’Etor) have been announced as guests. Also added to the guest list is Voyager’s Tim Russ.

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Pulled Fire Alarm Causes Evacuation at Otakon 2010 and Schedule Changes

[31 Jul 2010 | by | One Comment]

Last weekend we had a stabbing at San Diego Comic-Con, and this weekend we have someone pulling the fire alarm at Otakon. Come on kids, can’t we learn to play nice when we gather together? Conventions are supposed to be fun you know? The first report on the Otakon fire alarm came around 2:30 p.m. EST. Otakon’s official Twitter account was pretty quick to respond, telling attendees at the convention center that everyone needed to get out so that the Fire Marshall could inspect the building.

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Breaking News: Stabbing at San Diego Comic-Con 2010

[24 Jul 2010 | by | 2 Comments]

Twitter has erupted with chatter about a stabbing that occurred this evening at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC). Two fans reportedly got into a dispute when one stabbed the other on the side of the eye with a pen. The fight was reported around 4:45 p.m., PST. The stabbing apparently took place inside Hall H, one of the largest of the rooms at SDCC, just prior to the The Cowboys and Aliens panel. As of right now, Hall H is a crime scene and no one is allowed in or out.

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Five New Star Trek Guests Coming to Chicago Comic Con 2010

[23 Jul 2010 | by | Comments Off]

A few weeks ago we reported that Star Trek’s William Shatner (Captain Kirk) and Patrick Steward (Captain Picard) would be attending Wizard Entertainment’s Chicago Comic Con. Yesterday, amidst all the crazy San Diego Comic-Con news, Wizard announced that they have added five additional Star Trek guests to their Chicago Comic Con 2010 line up.

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List of San Diego Comic-Con Star Trek Swag Items Announced

[21 Jul 2010 | by | Comments Off]

Can you tell San Diego Comic-Con is upon us? Press releases about the convention are coming out right and left! The latest one of interest comes from CBS Consumer Products. They’ve published a list of where fans can pick up some sweet Star Trek merch at San Diego Comic-Con 2010, and meet Star Trek authors and actors. Some of the items include watches and buttons. But the real gem on this list is the Sulu cologne. Yeah, you read that right. Sulu cologne.

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Mark Hamill Shows Fans His Dark Side for Star Wars Celebration V

[14 Jul 2010 | by | 12 Comments]
Luke Skywalker

The big news yesterday was that Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker from the Star Wars franchise, will be appearing at the Star Wars Celebration V convention in Orlando. This got everyone super excited… temporarily. You see, Mark Hamill has one of the most outlandish autograph fees in fandom. If you want to get it at Star Wars Celebration V, you’ll have to pony up $125.00.

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Puffy AmiYumi to Appear at New York Comic Con and Perform at Far East To East Showcase

[12 Jul 2010 | by | One Comment]

Japanese girl rock band Puffy AmiYumi will be performing at the Far East To East Showcase (FETES) during New York Comic Con. The performance is happening Sunday, October 10, 2010, and the convention runs October 8-10, 2010 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan. The band became famous in the US when Cartoon Network created an original cartoon staring them, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, which ran for three seasons. It eventually became one of the most watched cartoons in the world, and has been broadcast in 110 different countries.

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Shore Leave 32, a Maryland Sci-Fi Convention, Starts Today!

[9 Jul 2010 | by | Comments Off]

Shore Leave 32, a fan-run science fiction convention near Baltimore, Maryland, is happening this weekend. The convention runs July 9-11, 2010 at the Marriott’s Hunt Valley Inn. We attended Shore Leave 31 last year and had a great time. Although Dan and I can’t attend Shore Leave 32 this year, we have a great guest blogger lined up to attend in our stead. You can expect her report early next week, along with some photos from the con.

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Yet Another Contest to Win Star Wars Celebration V Tickets

[8 Jul 2010 | by | Comments Off]

The folks running Star Wars Celebration are offering a few lucky fans some opportunities to win tickets to their Star Wars Celebration V convention happening in Orlando, Florida. I previously posted the press release about the Star Wars Ultimate Fan Getaway contest (via Cartoon Network). Now the organizers are hooking up with G4 with their “Star Wars Glitch Hunt Contest.”

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Comic Legend Stan Lee Coming to Dragon*con 2010

[5 Jun 2010 | by | Comments Off]

There’s been a lot of mumbling about how the 2010 Dragon*con guest list was shaping up; some griped about the lack of a truly big name on the guest list. Well, I don’t think they will be complaining anymore, as comic legend Stan Lee is officially coming to Dragon*con in 2010.

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Former Dragon*con TrekTrak Director Launches New Star Trek Convention

[28 May 2010 | by | 2 Comments]

Eric L. Watts, the former director of Star Trek programming for Dragon*con who was replaced by Garrett Wang for 2010, sent out a press release today announcing the creation of the TrekTrax Atlanta convention. It is scheduled for February 18-20, 2011 at the Holiday Inn Select Perimeter in Atlanta, Georgia. This isn’t entirely unexpected, as Watts was essentially running a

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Hurricane Who Convention in Very Troubled Waters?

[25 May 2010 | by | Comments Off]

The internet has been buzzing about some serious issue plaguing the 2010 Hurricane Who convention. Hurricane Who is a Central Florida (USA) Doctor Who convention scheduled for October, 2010. However, the convention has been dealing with a series of guest cancellations, and financial restructuring that now has put the convention in jeopardy. Rumblings had apparently originated on the Gallifrey Base

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Creation Ent. Nabs Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart for Their Official Twilight Con in LA

[12 May 2010 | by | Comments Off]

It is the holy grail of Twilight cons, and Creation Entertainment finally got it: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. After over a year of hosting official Twilight conventions with virtually every single other member of the Twilight movies’ casts, they have booked the big two. I must admit, I never thought it would happen. I figured Creation would never be

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Outland Armour Impacted by Tennessee Flood

[8 May 2010 | by | Comments Off]

If you are at all into steampunk, then you’ve probably heard of Outland Armour, or seen some of their crew at conventions. In fact, this picture (right) of “Dante” from Outland Armour shows one of the most recognized steampunk costumes on the internet. Sadly, Outland Armor was in Tennessee during the floods, attending the MTAC convention. The hotel they were

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Breaking News: FX International is Back for 2010

[29 Apr 2010 | by | Comments Off]

This just in! The Convention Fans Blog has learned that central Florida’s FX International convention will be back in 2010, despite some initial speculation to the contrary. According to our source, the convention will be held at the Gaylord Palms resort in Kissimmee, Florida, the weekend of October 16 – 17, 2010. Florida con-goers may recall that FX International managed

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Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy Retiring from Conventions After 2010

[12 Mar 2010 | by | Comments Off]

TrekToday.com (via The News Tribune) is reporting that 2010 is the last year to see Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy at a convention. “I think this is the last year I will do this,” he said. “It’s exciting, but I think I’ve done enough of it. I’m looking forward to concentrating on my personal life.” He apparently has 10 conventions scheduled

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Creation’s Star Trek: Las Vegas Convention Gold Package Selling Out

[6 Mar 2010 | by | One Comment]

Just got this message from Creation Entertainment: “GOLD WEEKEND PACKAGES will be sold out and removed from sale on Tuesday March 9th” (end of business day Pacific Time). However, they have now added the next level of ticket packages (Captain’s Chair) as well as put all photo ops and autograph tickets on sale. They have also listed which autographs are

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Game Core Postponed

[19 Feb 2010 | by | Comments Off]

Game Core, a Pennsylvania gaming convention, has announced that it is being postponed until the fall. From the Game Core convention website: We are very sorry to announce that due to some scheduling issues with the convention center, and our proximity to Too Many Games, we’ve opted to push the convention back to the fall. To be sure that this

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PAX East Sells Out of 3-Day Passes

[4 Feb 2010 | by | Comments Off]

PAX stands for Penny Arcade Expo, a convention born from the Penny Arcade web-comic. For the past few years, PAX was a once a year convention held in Seattle over the summer, but for the first time, there is to be an East coast version too. For 2010, that location is Boston. Read more about ticket availability, and Wil Wheaton’s

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An Update to the Vulcan Events vs Vulkon Entertainment Controversy

[2 Feb 2010 | by | One Comment]

Last week I posted a story about the apparent controversy brewing between Vulkon Entertainment and the newly formed Vulcan Events in Orlando, Florida. I recently paid a visit to the Vulkon official Facebook group, where the owners were having a discussion with staffers and attendees about the whole situation. At the time of writing my original article, the owners of

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Vulcan Events vs Vulkon Entertainment: Controversy Brewing?

[29 Jan 2010 | by | Comments Off]

I posted an article earlier this week about Vulcan Events, a convention that sort of emerged from the ashes of Vulkon Entertainment. It seems Vulkon Entertainment has now taken notice of this new convention. Funny thing is, I kinda thought Vulkon Entertainment was bust, considering its webpage has had a “Bad News” message for months now, with no further updates.

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Going to InvaderCON? Don’t book a hotel room yet.

[26 Jan 2010 | by | Comments Off]

The organizers of InvaderCON, the convention dedicated to the Invader Zim cartoon, are telling attendees NOT to book their hotel rooms yet. Apparently the venue can’t take reservations more than a year in advance. You’ll need to wait until after March 31, 2010 to make your reservation. Original post is located here: http://www.invadercon.com/?p=110 Note: InvaderCON is happening March 26-27, 2011

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Vulcan Events Announces More Guests for Tampa Event

[25 Jan 2010 | by | Comments Off]

Vulcan Events, a company born in the wake of the former Vulkon conventions, has announced additional guests for their Tampa, Florida con. They are also telling fans that hotel rooms are going fast, and that half of their allocation is already gone. Even if you are waiting to buy tickets at the door, they recommend getting a hotel room as

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Luke Perry Added to Dragon*con’s Guest List

[24 Jan 2010 | by | 3 Comments]

Yep, you read that right.  Luke Perry, the object of many 90s teenagers’ dreams, is now on the guest list for Dragon*con 2010. I don’t know if I should bring my copy of The Fifth Element for him to sign, or a 90210 t-shirt! I can’t stop giggling about this, and I don’t know why. I actually loved the original 90210

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News Roundup: Suzaku Festival, Anime-Zap!, ConStellation, and More

[21 Jan 2010 | by | Comments Off]

There’s been quite a bit of convention news that’s come out recently. I’ll be highlighting some of the major (and most interesting) stories below. However, if you’re interested in quick updates (like a con’s vendor tables selling out, etc.), then you should follow me on Twitter! I re-tweet all the significant convention news tidbits from various cons across the world.

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First BayCon Staffers Resign, Now Anime Expo Staffers Resign Too?

[11 Jan 2010 | by | Comments Off]

I reported earlier tonight that over a dozen staffers for BayCon resigned over a disagreement with the owning company. Now we’ve learned that several staffers over at Anime Expo have now resigned as well. The Anime News Network reports that ” the majority of the convention’s division managers have resigned over disputes with the Board of Directors of the Society

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BayCon 2010 in Trouble? Over a Dozen Staff Resign.

[11 Jan 2010 | by | Comments Off]

I hate to be one to sling convention mud and spread gossip. When one person has a gripe about a convention and makes a bunch of accusations, I try to take it with a grain of salt. But when over a dozen staff members all resign, well, I feel obliged to take notice and report it. No one wants a

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Robotech Kicks Off 25th Anniversary Celebration at Animation On Display

[11 Jan 2010 | by | Comments Off]
Robotech 25 Years Logo

Robotech, “a sweeping science-fiction anime epic of humans defending their homeworld against alien domination,” is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a tour of various anime conventions across the United States. The celebration will all start in San Francisco this January 30-31, 2010, at Animation On Display (AOD), San Francisco’s very own Japanese anime and cartoon convention! Three key figures behind

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Another Victim of a Dragon*con “Powers That Be” Power Trip?

[1 Jan 2010 | by | Comments Off]

Earlier this month, popular web cartoonists Blind Ferret posted on their forums that they had been “booted” from Dragon*con 2010. There had been some difficulty regarding their vendor table for 2009, but the issue had been resolved, and they signed up to attend in 2010. But they never heard anything back, despite repeated attempts to contact D*C about it. Then